Down Royal

  • 13:45 Billecart-Salmon Handicap Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 5.20s
  • Off time: 13:47:56
13:45 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Beef To The Heels (IRE) 8/1
2nd Thomas Edison (IRE) 7/1
3rd Slew Charm (FR) 25/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 2232-98 PINK & BLACK HOOPS, pink sleeves, hooped cap Now This Is It (IRE) 14
Distance Winner
8 10-13 S R B Crawford Mr S Crawford (3) 134 13/27.50
4 U1630- EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Sportsmaster (IRE) 234
Distance Winner
4 10-6 E J O'Grady P F Mangan 130 12/113.00
5 1-F12P7 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Thomas Edison (IRE) 44
Distance Winner
5 10-6 t A J Martin M P Walsh 127 7/18.00
6 013-211 Black, Red star, striped sleeves, Red cap Gold Ability (IRE) 83
Distance Winner
5 10-2 M O'Hare R C Colgan 123 3/14.00
8 3132F7- YELLOW, purple stars, yellow cap, purple stars Leah Claire (IRE) 7
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 9-12 M Palussiere B R Dalton (5) 119 7/18.00
9 0332-14 Light blue, light blue & yellow striped sleeves, yellow cap, light blue star Back To Balloo (IRE) 134
Course and Distance Winner
6 9-11 C A McBratney D J Casey 118 10/111.00
10 54407-0 DARK BLUE, yellow diamond & sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond Blue Cannon (IRE) 46
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-11 N Meade D J Condon 121 7/18.00
11 80-3020 YELLOW, royal blue sash, check cap Knockcroghery (IRE) 63
Distance Winner
5 9-11 J W Nicholson M A Enright (5) 118 12/113.00
12 2-62214 Yellow, large red spots, red spots on sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow spots Decade Player (IRE) 11
Distance Winner
4 9-10 P J Rothwell A Ring (7) 120 14/115.00
13 P-74729 Pink, large purple spots, purple spots on cap Slew Charm (FR) 44
10 9-10 Mrs S Dawson A P Thornton 116 25/126.00
14 3134-05 White, emerald green disc, grey sleeves, emerald green & grey check cap Hidden Future (IRE) 134
Distance Winner
6 9-10 C A McBratney A P Crowe 115 16/117.00
15 51P-PF2 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Beef To The Heels (IRE) 37
Distance Winner
6 9-10 G Elliott Miss J M Mangan (7) 114 8/19.00
16 8-10857 Emerald green, purple spots, purple cap Nodelay (IRE) 41
Course and Distance Winner
7 9-10 C A McBratney B J Cooper 114 16/117.00
Non runners
150-9FF1Moon Dice (IRE)711-10P W FlynnR M Power145
336380-3Redera (IRE)610-12A J MartinPaul Carberry133
7201-211Pires810-2A J MartinP Townend123


Pires looked to have a favourite's chance in a handicap over fences here yesterday and the fact that he's slightly better handicapped over hurdles may tempt Tony Martin into running him again. He'd have an obvious chance but GOLD ABILITY may have got in lightly for his handicap debut. A winning bumper, he was beaten three lengths by Zerashan on his hurdling debut at Downpatrick but completely reversed the form with that winner on a return visit and may have been underestimated by the assessor. Sportsmaster is a progressive youngster despite his defeat at Cheltenham on his final start last season. His earlier victory over the useful Hisaabaat is a better reflection of his ability and he should be winning again soon. Decade Player is another youngster who should go well as he led for most of the way until fading from the last behind the highly-regarded Waaheb at Fairyhouse last time.